Guys! I totally forgot to write a SchloerBLOG post for this week! It’s Wednesday night now and I want this blog entry to post Thursday at 9am (AND I have an episode of This Is Us on my DVR!) I’m literally typing this in my kitchen while I cook dinner (Turkey & Spinach Stroganoff!). This slip-up has shown me that I clearly have not truly cemented my blogging habit. Fortunately, I think I know how to cement this habit because I’ve been creating and cementing other habits recently, so I can just apply the same trick to my blogging habit and I should be good to go, right? And why not write about my habit cementing trick as the blog post I forgot to write for this week?! Wow. Meta.
Anywhooooo, my habit cementing trick is inspired by Bullet Journaling. If you have no idea what that is, you can read about it here. Basically, it’s a type of journaling that is completely flexible and allows you to create different pages for anything from agendas to habit trackers. I am not ashamed to admit that I have fallen down the rabbit hole searching for cool habit tracker pages for Bullet Journals (Right?! People are creating some really pretty things!). Mostly I just admire what other people create. My own Bullet Journal (and I use that term VERY loosely) is just a notebook with an index where I keep any and all random notes, to do lists, and ideas.
Last fall I decided to create a monthly habit tracker in my Bullet Journal for cleaning my house. I made a list of all the cleaning tasks I had to do and assigned tasks to each day (I tried to upload a picture of it, but technology was just not on my side, so just picture each day of the week followed by 4 circles where I could enter the date that I completed that day's tasks for the week. Oh, and just trust me, it's not pleasant to look at / dare I say UGLY.). Fortunately, I found there was no correlation between how beautiful my tracker looked on the page and how well it worked for me in reality. I mean, I accomplished my cleaning tasks for the whole month! Yay!
I kept creating a house cleaning habit tracker page in my journal for a few months and it worked so well for me that now I don’t even need it anymore. I just wake up and go, “Oh, it’s Wednesday! Today I clean the bathrooms!” (Okay, maybe not with that much enthusiasm, but you get it).
I had been thinking recently that I needed to create a similar tracking system for career type tasks that I want to accomplish weekly. Almost forgetting to write this blog post was the final push I needed to really make myself do it.
A couple of tips from my experience creating and cementing habits:
1. Tweak the habit tracker as you go. As I was establishing my cleaning habit, I switched my daily tasks around quite a bit and I’m still working to find the ideal days for certain tasks.
2. Forgive yourself if you miss a day. Some days I found that I just couldn’t get my cleaning task done, but instead of beating myself up, I just moved the task to a different day. Or I skipped it that week. No biggie. Remember, every day is a new chance to do your habit.
3. Find a system that works for you. This habit tracker system totally worked for me to create my cleaning habit, and we’ll see if it works for career tasks (Oooh! I smell a future SchloerBLOG post!). That said, maybe a tracker just isn’t the right way for you to cement a habit. Or maybe it will work for one habit and not another. That’s okay! There are many, many different ways to create a habit. (Seriously, just google it.)
Happy habit building!
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